The Department of History offers qualified graduate students opportunities as teaching and research assistants, research fellows, and teaching fellows. In addition, senior Ph.D. students are occasionally awarded Casper Teaching Fellowships to teach upper division undergraduate courses. Teaching and research assistantships provide academic-year stipends and 18 credits of tuition scholarship for each academic year. Teaching Assistants: Working as a TA provides a student with the opportunity to develop skills as a teacher and to gain professional experience. TAs are assigned to a specific faculty member, usually in a History of Western Civilization or Introduction to American History course. For a complete discussion of Teaching Assistantships, see "Rights and Responsibilities of Supervising Professors and Teaching Assistants".
Research Assistants join a "pool" and are assigned by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to one, two, or even three different professors during the course of a semester or even a week; if they complete a task ahead of schedule they must notify the professor as well as the DGS. They are required to submit weekly time sheets showing that they have worked an average of four hours for each day that classes are in session.
Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are granted by academic year. Continuing students must re-apply each year by February 15 for financial aid for the following academic year. They may do so by filling out the "Application for Financial Aid for Current Students," which can be obtained from the graduate school or downloaded from the Graduate School Web site. Continuing students who have not previously held a TA or RA must also submit to the DGS two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
Ph.D. students who wish to apply for Teaching Fellowships or Research Fellowships (Smith, Schmitt, Raynor) must be nominated by the department. Internal application forms will be available in mid-October and will be due in mid-November; nominations for Research Fellowships are due in the graduate school by early December. Teaching Fellows will be appointed by the Department by the end of the fall semester.
University policy prohibits students with teaching or research assistantships or research fellowships from working in other jobs while classes are in session.